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Graduate Education at Vanderbilt

New Vision for Graduate Education

Recruiting and retaining exceptional graduate students who will go on to become leaders in their fields is the top priority for graduate education at Vanderbilt University. As a leading research university, it is critical that Vanderbilt advance graduate education in key ways to attract the best students and support them while they are here.

The Graduate Education Study Group, appointed by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente in September 2014 and charged with laying the course for the future of graduate education at Vanderbilt, has completed its work and issued its full report. Read the report, “A New Vision for Graduate Education at Vanderbilt.”  Their work takes into account national conversations and challenges facing the disciplines. 

The Executive Summary of the GESG report was released in May 2015. Then, based on extensive input gathered from students and faculty at a series of forums during fall 2015, revisions were made and the final report generated. 

Feedback from the Vanderbilt Community is welcome and can be sent directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, Mark Wallace.

Members of the study group include:

  • Vicki Green, College of Arts and Science (Chair)
  • Rogers Hall, College of Arts and Science
  • Duco Jansen, School of Engineering
  • Paul Lim, School of Divinity
  • Hassane Mchaourab, School of Medicine
  • Ifeoma Nwankwo, College of Arts and Science
  • Jennifer Reinganum, College of Arts and Science
  • Mark Wallace, School of Medicine

Graduate Development Network

The Graduate Development Network (GDN), a group of academic and professional services offices that meets monthly during the academic year and occasionally during the summer term, operates in an advisory and coordinating capacity for student life and career development in graduate education. This group promotes communication and collaboration among the participants, as well as a sounding board for issues and concerns about student services.

Representatives are from the Graduate Student Council (GSC)Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW)Margaret Cunningim's Women’s CenterLGBTQI LifeCenter for TeachingCenter for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (VU-CIRTL)Writing StudioInternational Student and Scholar ServicesRobert Penn Warren Center for the HumanitiesGradLEAFEnglish Language Center; Career Development services from the Graduate School and the biomedical sciences office (BRET); Diversity recruitment and retention (VU-EDGE); Vanderbilt Institutional Research GroupCollege of Arts & SciencesGraduate Department of ReligionPeabody College of Education and Human DevelopmentSchool of Engineering; and the Graduate School.

For more information, contact Ruth Schemmer, Assistant Dean for Career Development.